NTU has successfully finalised the EU financed FP7 project

The project was financed under EU's 7th Framework programme with a project duration of 3 years (09/2009 – 10/2012) and an overall project budget of 2.85 mill EUR. ETISplus build upon the strengths of the ETIS project and addresses the lessons learnt. Emphasis is on the frameworks, i.e. the knowledge management process and institutional arrangements. Activities include: • Usage of intelligent transport systems to provide data feeds. • Work as main source of inputs for TRANS-TOOLS the European Transport Network Model. • Inclusion of more data on variables that influence transport and data relating to the effects (consequences) of transport. More indicators relating to logistics will be used, including a classification of freight transport into containers, dry bulk, net bulk and other, this in addition to the classification by the NSTR-group. Links to private databases – such as the use of vehicle stocks in transport firms have been tested. • Development of a framework for the collection and dissemination of transport-related data that can be used for transportation planning purposes and projected in GIS programs. This involves the development and implementation of cost effective methods for data collection, which currently is lacking in various transport databases. Data is stored on a central server so they are accessible to students, planners, politicians and other decision makers. One of the final products was a drawing up new guidelines and structures for future updates of the databases, so updates can be done automatically and with the least possible economic cost. The automatic update of transportation databases will eventually happen with the data from the GPS in private cars, from fleet management systems and from automated travel cards. • An important extension to the former ETIS project is the expansion of the geographical scope. This included the two latest member states in more detail. Moreover accession countries and neighbouring countries are divided into zones and the networks are detailed. The links to the rest of the world are also be detailed, by using country level instead of ‘country blocks’ for large areas of the other continents and to improve the databases containing sea transport and air freight in which the work in WORLDNET is leading. • The current situation of data collection in new member states and neighbouring countries illustrates that available data is not comparable with data from older member states. Within this project, efficient cost-effective methods are identified and applied to improve the quality of the existing and new databases. Moreover the institutional organisation of data collection are assessed and based on a benchmark whereby improvements have been proposed and tested. • Development of a business model in order to make the system self-supporting The final conference will be held in Bruxelles on November 5th 2012. More information about the project can be found on www.etisplus.eu